Mid-year thoughts

And suddenly it’s August.

So much has happened this year. I’ve organised a national festival. I’ve been to my first international conference. Went to a summer school in the US (my first trip to the States), run professional development workshops for local teachers, tutored my first course (and am now doing a second), competed in the 3 minute thesis competition, been to a writers retreat, bought an apartment, begun my fieldwork, and so many other little things.

As far as my goals go, my weight loss one started off really well, but has fallen by the wayside somewhat in recent months. I haven’t put on much of the weight I took off, but definitely some, and I still haven’t lost as much as I wanted to. On the plus side though, my fitness goals are coming along really well. I am running at least once a week, and more usually 2 times (3 is still an amazing week, but I’m aiming for it). I have a fun run coming up in September, and I am hoping to change up to the 10km course (I’m currently signed up for the 5km one). I’m actually running that 5km pretty comfortably now and ran my fastest session this afternoon.

As far as my other goals go:
–   I’m still working on that journal article… I hope to have it in final-isn draft form my the end of next week (but I’m struggling). The writing retreat was great to get the words on paper, but I absolutely hate editing, and that’s where I’m up to with it.
–  I haven’t been hiking this year, but hopefully I will once the weather warms up
–  I have been baking more, which with the weight loss mostly means that my SOs work has had a lot of baked goods…
–  Nothing is organised at the moment. Oh well.

For the next few months, I’m just hoping to keep things at the status quo. No big attempts at changing anything for a while – my priority has to be the research.

Here’s hoping it’s smooth sailing for a while.

Until next time 🙂


One hell of a year

Well that was one hell of a year. It happened so quickly, and so much happened in it.

The good news is that I did manage to achieve some of my goals last year. These were my goals for 2015:

Continue with fitness goals (I ran my first 5k!)
Achieve all first year PhD requirements
Submit an article to a journal and a conference paper (and I presented it)
Downsize things and get rid of unnecessary things (this was an accident. I moved house twice)
Make more things
Buy less stuff
Go to Scotland
Keep things organised
Go hiking as much as possible
Cook/bake more
Enjoy life

And I managed to have fingernails for most of the year.

This year I have already lost 10kg, and have had a massive number of successes with my study… too many really, but that’s the subject of another post.

Once again, I hope to keep this blog more active this year so I can practice my writing, and have a space where I can real talk about the things that are going on through this PhD and personal growth journey.

Until next time.

Giving up and picking up habits (and yoga)

I’ve been thinking extensively about my New Years resolutions for 2015 and my successes and failures in my resolutions for 2014.

I’ve decided it all pretty much comes down to one thing: being the person that I want to be. And that, for me, is all about picking up the habits that I want, and ditching the habits I don’t want. In 2014, I managed to ditch one habit I hated and pick up a good one. The one I ditched was tearing my fingernails (for the first time in my life I have nice looking fingernails) and the one I picked up was thinking about fitness. It doesn’t seem like much, but for me thinking about something constantly is the best way to guarantee that I’m going to follow through on it.

So. I’m going to aim to pick up one habit and ditch one habit each month this year (they say it takes 28 days to acquire or lost a habit – takes me longer but we’ll work with that). For January, I have picked up a yoga habit, and I have ditched my going to bed late habit.

In February I hope to ditch my habit of being late, and pick up the habit of drinking water.

What habits could you stand to lose? And what habits would you like to gain?

Happy New Year!

Happy New Years to all! Sorry for the radio silence, I’ve been flat out moving a couple of my goals along.

At the end of October I submitted my Masters thesis, and immediately applied for a PhD. After an excruciating waiting period, I’ve been awarded First Class Honours and a High Distinction for my thesis, and have been admitted to the PhD program. I will officially begin my PhD in February.

I’m working at putting together my list for New Years Resolutions. Here’s what I’ve got so far:

Continue with fitness goals
Achieve all first year PhD requirements
Submit an article to a journal and a conference paper
Downsize things and get rid of unnecessary things
Make more things
Buy less stuff
Go to Scotland
Keep things organised
Go hiking as much as possible
Cook/bake more
Enjoy life

I’m yet to plan out how exactly I’m going to achieve all these things, but there’s my list for now.

What’s on your New Years resolution list?

Why does feedback hurt sometimes?

This is a great post which practically responds to exactly how I’m feeling at the moment with my thesis edits. Feedback can be very difficult to deal with sometimes.

The Thesis Whisperer

This letter was written by an experienced academic at ANU to her PhD student, who had just presented his research to a review panel and was still licking her wounds.

The student sent it to me and I thought it was a great response I asked the academic in question, and the student who received it, if I could publish it. I wish all of us could have such nuanced and thoughtfu feedback during the PhD. I hope you enjoy it.

Screen Shot 2014-02-05 at 7.27.05 PMA letter to…My PhD student after her upgradeWell you did it. You got your upgrade. But from the look on your face I could tell you thought it was a hollow victory. The professors did their job and put the boot in. I remember seeing that look in the mirror after my own viva. Why does a win in academia always have the sting of defeat?

Yeah, it’s a…

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